Murder at the Kennedy Center

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

From its gripping one-page introductory chapter to its suspenseful finale, MURDER AT THE KENNEDY CENTER demonstrates Margaret Truman’s successful blending of snappy dialogue, clever plot twists, and an insider’s perspective on life in Washington, D.C. Andrea Feldman, a beautiful young campaign aide to presidential candidate Ken Ewald, is murdered outside the Kennedy Center after the conclusion of a gala fundraiser on behalf of her boss. Feldman’s body is discovered by Mackensie “Mac” Smith, a law professor at George Washington University who is also Senator Ewald’s friend and unofficial legal adviser. When Ewald’s son Paul is revealed to be Feldman’s lover and becomes the chief murder suspect, Mac Smith is retained as Paul’s defense attorney and starts to work at unmasking the actual murderer.

As the suspect list continues to grow, Smith calls in Tony Buffolino, a former policeman turned private investigator, to dig a little further into Andrea Feldman’s background. Their investigation uncovers Feldman’s connection with a right-wing political organization (a front for a televangelist responsible for funding military activities in Central America) which hired her to spy on Senator Ewald and sabotage his presidential campaign. When Feldman attempted to blackmail Ewald directly, someone decided to silence her permanently. Mac Smith’s deductive reasoning prevents an assassination attempt against Ewald and forces the murderer to confess his crime. Truman keeps her readers engrossed in the story to the very end in this stylish and entertaining whodunit.